Jorge Amado: A Morte e a Morte de Quincas Berro d’Água [The Two Deaths of Quincas Wateryell]

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  • Mauricio Sellmann Oliveira (Independent Scholar - South America)

Poet Vinicius de Moraes once hailed A Morte e a Morte as Amado’s most perfect achievement and critics agree that this is one of the writer’s most accomplished works in a long career. One of the editors at Senhor magazine, Carlos Scliar, commissioned the novella for its first issue in 1959. The author reportedly wrote it in less than a week. Quincas was subsequently released along with the novel O Capitão-de-Longo-Curso [Home Is the Sailor] in a single tome entitled Os Velhos Marinheiros [The Old Sailors], since both works dealt with an old man who dreamed of the sea. However, owing to its popularity, Quincas has been published as a separate volume since 1961. It is also one of Amado’s …

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Sellmann Oliveira, Mauricio. "A Morte e a Morte de Quincas Berro d’Água". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 October 2015
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